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Scrub Club! NSF's site about washing hands is full of songs, games, and activities!  Emphasizes the six steps of properly washing and why it is so important. Kids enjoy the games and the "Webisode." This makes a good health filler in computer lab. In this time of Flu and Enterovirus D68, this site is a powerful tool against disease.




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Page last updated 27 Feb 2017



3D Animated Version Of Solomon’s Temple, In Accordance With Biblical Figures Very viewable. Pretty good video. This was likely the standard temple design that Phoenician contractors put up for temple customers. Customized add-ons like the giant bath bowls were extra. It came with butresses, too. (The added on buildings on each side.) An ancient form of quake-proofing. Sounds like Hiram of Tyre built them to last.
(Said King Solomon to the contractor: "You Hiram?" "Yep. And I fire 'em!")
Going in Ancient History and Archaeology





This Is How The Different Armies Approached Trench Warfare In The First World War by Andrew Knighton, as published in War History Online on FB. Godd analysis of this subjects. The British Empire, France, and Germany all had different views on depending on war plans and how they meant to fight the war. The Germans had the most organized and well built trenches, with up to three layers of trenches. They meant to dig in and wait until Russia gave up, and all the German divisions out East could come west to help them. British trenches were poorly made and not supposed to last long. British troops were supposed to be attacking all the time. French trenches were somewhere in between, depending on the battle ground situation. Lots of good photos. Going in History > WW I



Largest Batch of Earth-size, Habitable Zone Planets From the NASA site comes all the graphics, all the information, and all the wonder of the seven planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system. It's around 40 light years away, about 10 times the distance from here to Proxima Centauri, so NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes are the best there is for a while! Enjoy the wonderful graphics! A little English lesson: What does TRAPPIST mean? What's an acronym?
Going in Astronomy







Doolittle Raid Over Tokyo (Newsreel). A WWII B&W film made into a 9:37 video. This is what the people of America saw at the movies in 1942. This brings home the feeling that people had then, that we were in a serious and deadly war. Going in History > Doolittle Raid


The Acropolis of Athens A 3-D tour, a 6:27 video. "A brief history of the Athenian Acropolis from 3500BC-2010AD, through 3d representations. Many of the dates shown are always open to debate." See buildings rise and fall from the Bronze Age to 2010. Part of a larger site, Ancient Athens 3D, that covers the same time period in greater detail. Going in Ancient History and Archaeology



GREECE - ancient art wasn't black & white All those white statues! Guess what? When they were new, they were brightly colored! 2,000+ years out in the weather scrubbed off the paint. Scientists have found traces of color, though. Now you can see computer art of statues in all their original glory! This 7:30 video is a survey of some of the best known sculptures. Going in Art and in Ancient History





This is what happens when you write a check from


Read this article and follow your check as it winds through the bowels of our financial system. Going in Life Skills and Money



Giant winged Transylvanian predators could have eaten dinosaurs "Welcome to the Cretaceous Romanian island of Hateg, once populated by lifeforms stranger than anything imagined by Lovecraft or Giger." Meet the azhdarchids, giant pterosaur predators of the Cretaceous. "Pterosaurs were an incredibly successful group, thriving globally for 170 million years." The article also compares the four types of fliers: insects, pterosaurs, birds, and bats. Going in Dinos & Paleo

A giraffe and human provide scale for the pterosaurs Arambourgiania (centre) and Hatzegopteryx (right).



The True Story of "Hidden Figures," the Forgotten Women Who Helped Win the Space Race Includes a preview of the movie. This Smithsonian article says it all. "A new book and movie document the accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battles" They battled race discrimination as well as the social mores of the 1950s. Women who got married were supposed to quit their jobs and raise kids. Blacks could not find places to live and had separate bathrooms and lunch tables. This is a well-written article and covers a lot of ground. Young people need to know about this. Going in Civil Rights and in Women's History



A brief history of numerical systems - Alessandra King
This is a five minute animated Youtube video, a TED-Ed Original lesson, part of the Math in Real Life series.
"Let’s Begin…
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9... and 0. With just these ten symbols, we can write any rational number imaginable. But why these particular symbols? Why ten of them? And why do we arrange them the way we do? Alessandra King gives a brief history of numerical systems."
Going in History and in Secondary Math



Going in Civil Rights and in Women's History



Skrat actually lived! Scientific name Cronopio dentiacutus, it was a member of the extinct superorder Dryolestoidea,
the ancestors of both modern-day marsupials and placental mammals. Skrat lived 100 million years ago (MYA).
Read the Ars Technica article to learn more.


Going in Dinos & Paleo



Going in Dinos & Paleo



S5 0014+81, The largest known supermassive black hole compared to our solar system

Click the link above for the video of this monster black hole, click the photo (left) to see it full-sized!

Going in Astronomy, duh! :)



Bessie Coleman She came up from a sharecropper family in Texas. She was of African-American and Cherokee ancestry.
She pulled herself up by her own hard work to become the first woman of African American descent, and the first of Native American descent,
to hold a pilot license. Bessie was not allowed to earn a pilot's license in America because she was not white and she was a woman.
She had to go to France to learn to fly, at a famous French flying school. She was the first black female in the world to be a licensed pilot.
Read the links below to learn more about her, her dreams, and her tragic death.

Going in Civil Rights and Women's History



World War II: Crash Course World History #38 13:12 YouTube video covers World War Two. Causes, countries on each side, and dates. Fast but accurate discussions of major battles and campaigns. Garish map colors, film clips, music, sound effects try to keep students interested. Worth watching as it covers all the main points. Another, similar video from the same people, World War II, A War for Resources: Crash Course World History #220, talks about World War II as a war for food. Going in History



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Donald Trump Caterpillar Youtube title = "We Found A Rainforest Caterpillar That Looks Like Donald Trump - Nature's Disguises Part 1" This great 5:20 video is full of facts about mimicry in nature - such as the toxic caterpillar that mimics the President's hair! Toxic (poison) animals often wear bright and loud colors to warn predators away. Non-poisonous and harmless caterpillars, butterflies, and snakes can benefit by imitating their toxic relatives. Going in Animals



Early Cats Traveled with Vikings and Farmers

Going in Animals

"According to Nature, the new research finds that the second wave of cat population expansion took place thousands of years after the first, from the fourth century B.C. to the fourth century A.D. Mitochondrial DNA from Egyptian cats was found as far away as northern Germany at a Viking site dating to between A.D. 700 and A.D. 1000, Geigl told Nature. These seafaring sorts probably kept cats on their ships to discourage mice and rats, she said."



Here's what to do if you fall into frozen water How to survive a fall through frozen ice.

Two minute video covers what you must do to stay alive. To which we would add - NEVER go out on ice alone!
And, always have some sort of safety gear. From Tech Insider with help from Minnesota DNR
Minnesota DNR has a humongous section of their web presence devoted to ice safety.
Going in Life Skills



Aurora over Finnish Lapland New Years Eve Original size = 2048x1365 pixels
Posted on reddit by Eddynstain
Northern lights Lappland 31 Dec 16 Going in Astronomy and in Weather



Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words


These colorful, fun, and informative periodic tables are great for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults. These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This pictorial periodic table is colorful, fun, and packed with information. In addition to the element's name, symbol, and atomic number, each element box has a drawing of one of the element's main human uses or natural occurrences. The table is color-coded to show the chemical groupings. Small symbols pack in additional information: solid/liquid/gas, color of element, common in the human body, common in the earth's crust, magnetic metals, noble metals, radioactive, and rare or never found in nature. It does not overload kids with a lot of detailed numbers, like atomic weights and valence numbers.

So follow the link above and click on the interactive pages! A curious person could wander through these for hours. There are:
Elements in Pics, Elements in Words, Elements in Pics+Words, Elements in Pics (Simplified), Elements Cards (32 cards), Atomic Orbitals, and sub-atomic Particles (two posters). You can download all these as pdf files or medium-resolution PNG images, and you can buy full-size posters. All material is copyrighted by Keith Enevoldsen (author/artist), and donations are appreciated. Going in Earth Science > Periodic Tables




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Teach Math with Legos! Also known as "An Incredibly Effective Way To Develop Your Child’s Math Skills With LEGO Blocks",
as shown in DYT. "School teacher Alycia Zimmerman regularly uses Lego to help develop basic math skills among her pupils.
Lego blocks, she finds, offer a great opportunity to explain fundamental math concepts and calculations in a way which is
immediately understandable for young minds."
Lego Math

"So for those who can’t find the right words or who find they haven’t got the patience to help with their kid’s math homework,
here are a few examples which Alycia uses. Each and everyone of them is incredibly simple, but seriously effective."

Examples shown in the article include: Parts vs. whole; Fractions; Square numbers; and Exploring mean, median, mode, and range.
Going in Homeschool, Primary Math, Intermediate Math, and Teachers & Parents



Vaccines Work, Here Are the Facts This is an infographic page, it's in comic strip form, it's readable and well-written. It covers all the facts about how vaccines work, the "arms race" between vaccines and viruses, and why there was a panic about autism (This was a hoax, a deliberate lie.) This strip gives the facts about the different lies that are spread by conspiracy theory anti-vaccination people. As you read down the page, you discover facts about anti-vaxers as well. The concept of "herd immunity" is well explained. The result of foolish people not vaccinating their children is a decrease in herd immunity, and therefore more "old-time" diseases are coming back! "Like diseases, fear and misinformation spread easily to those who aren't vaccinated against them." So read this page and "get vaccinated"!
Going in Health, Homeschool, Life Skills, and in Teachers and Parents



Alessondra's OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam Is back, with streaming video and millions of viewers! Now, this is neat! A Great Horned Owl nest in a planter box outside a second story window! Very popular, the camera is right there but the owls don't seem to mind. Young Alessondra is a hoot (oops).


"An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia,
facing nature's greatest obstacle: human civilization. My final thesis film at CalArts!" - Seth Boyden
Simply wonderful. Duration = 5:43

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Gharial Daddy by Rupak De
Original photo was for Facebook.
Gharials are crocodile relatives, so they are cousins of all the crocodiles, the caimans,
and the alligators of the world. Together, they make up the crocodilians.
"The award winning picture of the male gahrial with scores of recently hatched young ones
either on its back or hovering closeby in the river Chambal in Etawah.
This type of caregiving by male parent is indeed an exceedingly rare sight."
Going in Animals.

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Mathematics in Banking – Compound Interest This short article outlines simple and compound interest and shows the equations for each while explaining the differences. You are walked through a problem where an amount ($5,000) is held 5 years at 4% compounded quarterly. Walking through the compound interest formula, you find the interest earned in 5 years is $1100.95. The power of compound interest is how greatly your money grows over time. Two statements from this article sum it up:

" (1) The more frequent the compounding, the more money you can make.

(2) The longer you allow your money to remain in the account, the greater is the final amount you receive."

This chart from The Motley Fool shows what your money does over 50 years. Compound interest is your friend.

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Gravity from the NSTMF Lab "How do celestial bodies warp the fabric of space-time and interact with each other?" Explore. Make your own objects in 2-D space! See how the big, massy ones attract smaller ones. More mass = more attraction. Click the Create Your Universe button. Read the Observations when they pop up to learn more about gravity. Going in Astronomy and Earth Science

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Fulgurites The strange looking sand formation below is called a fulgurite. Also known as petrified lightning, fulgurites are formed when lightning instantaneously melts the mineral grains in sand and fuses the grains together. The result is a hollow glassy tube with a root-like appearance.The estimated temperature required to create a fulgurite varies, but it is believed to be between 1500 °C to 4000 °C. Their size can range from just a few centimeters to several meters long. The longest fulgurite on record is 4.9 meters.

fulgurites.jpg Going in Earth Science



Tiger Gives Birth To Twins, and it's all on video! "Watch this absolutely incredible video below and make sure you watch it until the very end. It’s such a beautiful reminder that all life is precious."

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NEWSFLASH! New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection Here's a Christmas Present for the whole world!



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You Really Can’t Imagine How Deep The Ocean Is This page makes a good effort to instill a sense of how deep the ocean is. The ocean is seriously deep! The AVERAGE depth of the ocean is 4,267 meters. The deepest part we know of so far is almost 11,000 meters (11 km). To see only the video portion, click here The Ocean is Way Deeper Than You Think. It's good, even though the narrator is forced to talk fast to keep up with this 6:52 video! To see a much shorter (1:24) CGI video of a sperm whale fighting a colossal giant squid, click here to watch COLOSSAL SQUID Vs. SPERM WHALE Going in Animals, Geography, and Maps



Homer’s Odyssey Sung In Original Ancient Greek "In the course of the last years, we have developed a technique of singing the Homeric epics, which is appropriate for the primarily oral tradition from which these poems emerge." Accompanied by an ancient type of lyre. Five minutes of pretty monotonous recitation; but it's Homer, sung in Mycenean Greek. Going in Ancient History and Archaeology and in Music.

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Mitochondria This one page, information-packed article tells you all you need to know about these organelles (= any of a number of organized or specialized structures within a living cell). Mitochondria were once independently living bacteria. They were absorbed by bigger cells and started doing new jobs to "pay the rent". Mitochondria are the energy source for everything that cells do. Mitochondria do many other really important things, to keep cells running as they should. You can read about them at this site!


"Mitochondria’s double-membrane structure is essential to its role as energy producer: The outer membrane covers the organelle like a skin and the inner membrane has many folds called cristae. With increased surface area, the cristae allow for more chemical reactions." Car batteries have plates to increase their power for the same reasons. Going in Living Things


Kelenken For 30 million years, members of this family of Terror Birds were the top predators in South America.
They left behind smaller descendants called Cariamas or Seriemas, which are also predators. It's a good thing
they are much smaller!


Going in Dinos & Paleo.



A Field Guide to Germs AKA Germs 101 is a big infographic (950 x 1200). It's about pathogens: bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa and spirochetes (like malaria and syphilis), and oddballs like parasitic worms and prions (Mad Cow). There's a lot of information here. This is from Get Science and it's free. Going in Health and Living Things.

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Jacksmith You are Jacksmith, a traveling smith in a fantasy era. You specialize in crafting and forging weapons to fight monsters. Your clients are men-at-arms and angry peasants with axes, swords, shields, pikes, bow, staffs, and cannon balls. Add different pieces to make custom arrows. pikes. swords, etc. Your Jacksmith grows in knowledge of the smithing arts, both the business side and the forging side. Students gain knowledge of practical business math, inventory, planning, metallurgy, and situational awareness. Games can be saved, too. BTW several games sites feature this game. Going in Earth Science, Life Skills, and Technology

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